(Photo by Butler Studio Photography)
Erica Kelly will be representing the University of North Alabama this year at the Miss Alabama Pageant in June. She is one of Forty-seven young women from across the state that will be competing for the chance to wear the Miss Alabama crown, represent the state for a year, and go on to compete in the Miss America Pageant in September.
Erica, a Junior majoring in Psychology was crowned Miss UNA on January 25, 2014. The 46 other young women, age 18-24, won other local preliminary pageants across the state throughout the year. They will spend a week in Birmingham together participating in various activities that help fund the thousands of dollars of scholarships distributed by the Miss Alabama Pageant including the pageant itself each evening. Each year, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Nights, are reserved for the preliminary stages of competition. The contestants are divided into three groups, and all perform different stages in the competition each night. Erica is contestant #1 and will perform her talent on Wednesday night, compete in the Lifestyle and Fitness portion and On-stage Question Thursday night, and model her Evening Wear on Friday night. The 10 contestants with the highest scores after the preliminary nights will compete in the finals on Saturday night where Miss Alabama 2014 will be crowned. For tickets and more information about the Miss Alabama Pageant, go to www.missalabama.com.
This year, the UNA community is proud to have 6 students competing for the crown at the Miss Alabama Pageant. They include Miss UNA Erica Kelly, two former Miss UNAs; Erica Gholson (2010) and Emily Winkler (2013), and Chelsea Yarber, Rachel Persall, and Sarai Ingle. Each student competed in and won one of the local titles across the state. Together they have raised over $1000 for Children's Miracle Network, committed countless hours to community service both through their platform and through various volunteer projects, and represented the University of North Alabama across the state. They have also been awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships and in-kind gifts and services.
Of course none of this would be possible without generous sponsorship from the community. The Miss UNA Pageant is thankful for Creative Jewelers for providing Production Finances title Sponsorship and the beloved, Miss UNA Ring. Butler Studio provides the official Miss UNA Head Shots, and Miss UNA's pictures with Leo and Una used for various university publications. And Miss UNA is especially thankful to ME SPA for providing extensive pampering throughout her reign. All our sponsors are especially important to the pageant and include: Burch and Hatfield, Kaleidoscope Florist, Rosie's Cantina, Proms N' Promises, Steve Flowers, Courthouse Racquet Club, Salon MOD, NO'ALA, Tan City, Goodman's Sports, Linda Young Music Studio, All-Starz Dance Academy, Follett University Bookstore, and Alabama Music.
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